photo: Andy Ambrose        On Creating Interpretations

The inherent value of the land has always been the focus of Jaune Quick-to-See Smith's work. Her paintings are, in effect, landscapes. The artist has stated: "I think of my work as an inhabited landscape, never static or empty. Euro-Americans see broad expanses of land as vast, empty spaces. Indian people see all land as a living entity. The wind ruffles; ants crawl; a rabbit burrows. I've been working with that idea for probably twenty years now."